FNE at 2018 Finále Plzeň: Barefoot

    Barefoot by Jan Sverak Barefoot by Jan Sverak

    PLZEŇ: Barefoot, the latest in the series of films created by the son and father team of Jan and Zdeněk Svěrák, will screen at the 31st edition of Finále Plzeň Film Festival. The most important Czech national film festival, presenting contemporary Czech and Slovak audiovisual production, will be held from 19 to 24 April 2018.

    This Czech/Slovak/Danish coproduction returns to the wartime childhood of the director’s father, Zdeněk Svěrák, and is a prequel to another extremely popular film of the Svěráks’, Elementary School / Obecná škola (1991, Barrandov Film Studio).

    Barefoot tells the story of eight-year-old Eda, a long-desired and anxiously protected child of parents who had previously lost one baby. After his father refuses to cooperate with the Nazi invaders of Czechoslovakia in 1939, the family is forced to leave Prague and spend the war years living with relatives in the countryside. The war provides mysterious adventures for Eda, whose childish eyes cannot perceive the danger of those difficult times.

    Barefoot was very popular in domestic cinemas last year, reaching 505,282 admissions and the third position in the top ten chart.

    The film produced by Biograf Jan Svěrák and coproduced by Česká televize, innogy, Phoenix Film, Novinski, RTVS and Barrandos Studio, was supported by the Czech Film Fund.

    Production information:

    Biograf Jan Svěrák

    Czech Television




    Barrandos Studio


    Director:  Jan Svěrák
    Screenwriter: Zdeněk Svěrák
    DoP: Vladimír Smutný
    Cast: Tereza Voříšková, Ondřej Vetchý, Oldřich Kaiser, Jan Tříska, Petra Špalková, Zdeněk Svěrák